By Jorn Dix | International Department Coordinator
Bundling the cut rice
The rainy season in Northern Thailand is over and the time for harvesting rice has come. Four months after we sowed the rice at our Half Day School (HDS) for the first time, we are now busy reaping it.
During the last week, the students and staff of DEPDC's HDS have been busy cutting the rice in the fields, bundling it, and finally threshing it before the harvest could be brought to the rice mill.
After the harvest, the rice fields will be transformed into vegetable fields until the next rainy season, due to lack of water during the following cold and dry seasons. We have not yet gained the funding for the new irrigation system, so we are still depending on water from our small well. Growing rice during that season would not be possible due to drought, especially after the last rainy season’s very limited rainfall in Mae Sai and many other parts of Thailand.
We hope that the water from the well will be at least enough to grow some vegetables that are able to grow with little water until the next rainy season arrives. Then we will transform the fields back into rice fields and hope that by that time we have funded the irrigation system to grow at least one if not two additional rice harvests.
DEPDC's students, volunteers, and staff would like to thank all donors for their kind support and hope to bring this project to a successful end.
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